A reported love triangle ended tragically after Rae-Ann “Lucy” Henry, 39, of Canaan, was stabbed to death in Bon Accord, Tobago, on Saturday.
The murder pushed the island’s toll to 10 for 2023.
Police told Guardian Media that around 9 pm on Saturday, Henry was involved in an altercation with another woman when she was stabbed.
She collapsed along Gaskin Bay Road. The mother of two and grandmother of two died while being transported to hospital around 9.50 pm.
Henry’s mother, Lois Winchester-Jofiel, yesterday told Guardian Media that her daughter went to her girlfriend’s house and was confronted by another woman.
Despite feeling empty and depressed by the death, she claimed her daughter was wrong.
She said, “Lucy was wrong to go into the lady’s place to slap the girl, for what reason? She was wrong and the girl was wrong for stabbing her and killing her. I try to be a fair person.”
She described her daughter as kind, loving and accommodating, noting she had “her own tomboyish lifestyle.”
She lamented, “I feel sad, I feel empty, I feel useless. I also feel despondent. Everything that could bring someone into a depressive mood. I feel it after losing Lucy.”
She added: “When police bring the news for me I scream out. Since then, when I’m by myself, I cry because now I don’t have anyone to go over the road and check. My mind was on her whole day but I never called her. The last time we spoke she told me don’t stress. She always encourages me to do that.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s death, she said she has forgiven the person involved in the stabbing.
“I wasn’t expecting to lose Lucy in my life. I’m not holding that person at ransom. I was not there. I don’t know what transpired.”
Commenting on the crime situation on the island, Winchester-Joseph said, “It needs to stop. Hopefully, we don’t have any more over the next three months. When I heard my daughter became the island’s tenth murder victim, I said ‘Look how easy it is for someone to die’.”
She said her daughter was known in the community and loved by many residents in the Crown Point, Canaan and Bon Accord areas.
She said, “I want to tell mothers in my situation to tell your children you love them daily, so if anything happens to them, that would be your last words to them. That is what Tobago needs – love. Things will be different in our lives.”
One person is assisting Tobago police with their investigation into the matter.